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According to the survey, published in the current Medical Journal of Australia, one in three general surgeons, a group that performs operations and provides general care, had, in terminal cases, given drugs in doses “greater than those required to relieve symptoms, with the intention of hastening death.” One in five had done so without the patient’s knowledge or consent, and one in 20 said they had given a lethal dose to patients who made clear requests. Most of the 683 surgeons questioned have treated patients in palliative care or terminal stages, and they indicated that they believed there were circumstances in which it was morally acceptable to use drugs to end life, according to the survey report by six medical researchers and Dr. Allan Spigelman of the medical faculty of Newcastle University. Professor Spigelman said the survey responses, made anonymously by mail, “indicate the extent to which doctors work in an invidious environment.” “In some ways it is a climate of fear because of inadequate guidance on how to negotiate decisions in terminal cases,” he said, adding that the results were “not surprising but are at the upper limits of our expectations.” Dr. Roger Hunt, a specialist in palliative medicine whose comments accompany the report, said in an article: “If the criminal code was applied many surgeons could be charged with murder. That would be unjust in many terminal care situations in which doctors compassionately accede to patients’ requests. The duty of doctors to satisfy the wishes of patients can conflict with the law.” Dr. Michael Ashby, a professor of palliative care who reviewed the findings, said that if doctors were “really intending to hasten patients’ deaths, then the community needs to know.” The results of the survey answered by two-thirds of the roughly 1,000 general surgeons in Australia were published a few weeks after the acquittal in Fremantle, in Western Australia, of Dr. Daryl Stephens, who was charged with the willful murder of a patient, Freeda Hayes. A Superior Court jury took only 10 minutes on Oct. 23 to free Dr. Stephens, and Ms. Hayes’s brother and sister, who were accused of homicide and assisting a suicide. Ms. Hayes, 48, suffering from kidney cancer, was so sure her death was imminent that she organized a wake for herself before she was admitted to a hospice.
australia had no need to doctor pitches in the past, they were just better in every way than other teams just as the windies before them despite not having a great spinner the fast bowlers were brilliant enough to win on any surface. i dont think there is anything wrong with having pitches that favour your team, i just dont see how australia can do anything to the pitches that would benefit them more than it would benefit england. Felix said | September 3rd 2013 @ 8:03am | Report comment Interestingly Chris of late Melbourne is a drop in pitch and offers nothing except cracks, which doesnt help anyone. Sydney hasnt turned in a decade and a half, Brisbane is getting more road-like by the series, probably to help out our State players with the blade more than anything, and the WACA is finally starting to get a bit of zing back to it. Its something that draws the ire of cricket commentators and journalists regularly over here, the decks have lost their old nature. Im not saying weve never created pitches to play to our teams strengths, but lately our team hasnt had many to exploit so it seems weve produced pretty benign tracks. Ronan O’Connell said | September 3rd 2013 @ 12:09pm | Report comment Chris Im interested in your statement that Australia doctor their home pitches as much as Indiacan you expand on that thought? September 3rd 2013 @ 9:18pm ChrisUK said | September 3rd 2013 @ 9:18pm | Report comment Sorry, where have I said that Ronan? I dont think that at all. I have said that when India do it theres no point bleating, thats not the same thing though. And I have said Australia prepare them for home advantage as much as anyone else. Thats not doctoring pitches. Columnist Ronan O’Connell said | September 3rd 2013 @ 9:51pm | Report comment Chris above you said that Australia prepare tracks for home advantage as much as anyone else does. As I said, you and JimmyB have different definitions of doctoring to me and a fair chunk of the cricketing media from all over the globe. September 3rd 2013 @ 11:07pm ChrisUK said | September 3rd 2013 @ 11:07pm | Report comment Which is entirely true.